Dave and Jenny Gilpin are the Senior Pastors and Founders of Hope City Church. Here’s a little background to how they ended up planting a church in the UK.
Dave was born in 1960 on the Wirral before, at the age of five, the family moved to Australia where he grew up and eventually completed a Civil Engineering degree at Sydney University. In his third year at university he became a Christian through a large evangelistic push called, ‘Know Christ, Know Life; No Christ, No Life’. He realised that the emptiness within him was in the shape of God and could only be filled by Jesus alone. After two years working for a concrete company, Dave attended Renewal Ministry Training College in Brisbane to strengthen his walk with God and explore God’s plan for his life.
Jenny was born in 1966 in Brisbane, Australia. Adopted at birth she was brought up in a Christian home and gave her heart to Jesus at the age of six. At eleven, Jenny was baptised both in water and in the Holy Spirit and throughout her teenage years had a profound sense of the call of God on her life. At eighteen, Jenny attended Bible College and completed a Diploma of Ministry. On the last night of college, while doing some street evangelism, Jenny met Dave!
Together they became Youth Pastors at Southside Christian Renewal Centre for about six years until God called them to Sheffield in the UK. Having arrived in the UK pregnant with their son Ryan, Dave and Jenny planted Hope City Church from scratch and have been amazed by God’s faithfulness through seeing twelve locations established and still growing!
Dave has written a number of books including ‘The Hit Factory‘, ‘Jesus Save me from Your Followers’, ‘Sacred Cows Make Great BBQs’ and, ‘Up the Creek without a Paddle’ which features extracts from his and Jen’s diaries in the early years when they moved from Australia to the UK. He also loves to paint and explore his creative side in all things media related!
Jenny hosts the annual She Is Women’s conference with women coming from around the UK and the world, and also found a charity called ‘City Hearts’. She has a huge heart to see broken women restored as well as those who have become victims of human trafficking find justice and freedom. You can find out more at the website www.cityhearts.co.uk
Hear more from Dave on his Leadership site davegilpin.com